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This month’s column is dedicated to a special event which occurred in late June after Channel’s July issue deadline – the official presentation and blessing of our new community van.

It was over a year ago that our faithful old van broke down and we were advised that it was going to need a new head gasket – a repair that would cost more than the value of the van. As it was effectively beyond repair, we set about searching for the necessary funding to purchase a newer vehicle.

After having a grant application turned down we approached Devonport Rotary with our dilemma. Without our community van, it would not be possible to run our summer season community events. Devonport Rotary wanted to help and in turn approached Devonport RSA. Together these two local organisations donated the funds necessary for us to purchase the type of van we needed.
We are thrilled to have a brand new van to transport all our toys and equipment around in for our preschool play programmes and other events such as Kids Athletics, Devonstock, Scotty Brewer Skate Day, Devonport Community Treasure Hunt and more.
Our grateful thanks goes to Devonport Rotary and Devonport RSA for their donations of $10,000 each and also to the wider Devonport community who kick-started the fundraising for the van by giving over $500 at the Carols in the Park event last year. Thanks also to Auckland Motors Mitsubishi who sold the van to us at a special reduced price and are supporting us with ongoing vehicle servicing costs.
The van was officially presented to Devonport Peninsula Trust by Roy Dykes, then President of Devonport Rotary, Devonport RSA President, Arch Goodfellow, and RSA Memorial Trust trustee, Wendy Aranga, with Devonport’s Druid (a.k.a. Chris Mullane, Devonport RSA Vice President and chair of the Devonport RSA Memorial Trust) providing a very apt blessing. Mike Cohen, Chairperson of the Devonport Peninsula Trust, gave a big thanks to the two organisations and acknowledged their continuing, proud tradition of making a real difference in our community.
Special thanks and mention also goes to Takapuna Community Facilities Trust who shared their van and equipment with us last summer. Without their support, our preschool mornings held at Windsor Reserve and Bayswater Park throughout the summer season would not have happened.
Pictured from left to right are: Chris Mullane, Mike Cohen and Roy Dykes. In the van: Maria Teape and members of 1st Devonport Scout Group who regularly assist with our Kids Athletics series. To the right are Arch Goodfellow and Wendy Aranga.
For more info or to sign up for the Devonport Peninsula eNEWS, please contact dportcomm@xtra.co.nz or call 445 9533

By Maria Teape - Devonport Community Coordinator,
Devonport Peninsula Trust

by Maria Teape

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